2013 CSGA President: Bob ScarpittoPosted on December 12th, 2012 5 comments
Bob Scarpitto, the 2013 CSGA President, has been a member of the CSGA for 12 years and has served nine of those years on the board of directors. Before developing a passion for golf, Scarpitto loved another sport, football, which he played eight years professionally and collegiately at Notre Dame. Scarpitto finds plenty of time to make golf a priority in life, and can be found playing out near his home in Carmel Valley at Quail Lodge GC.
What are you looking forward to the most as president of CSGA in 2013?
Well, this will be my final year on the board, so I am looking forward to 2013. Hopefully we can get the membership up to the full amount of 300 people. It’s been a little hard the last couple years to keep the membership up, I think because there are a lot of other tournaments going on. But hopefully we’ll be able to fill it back up under my reign.
Why did you become a member of the CSGA?
A bunch of my friends over at Monterey Peninsula Country Club were members of the CSGA and they were the ones that got me to join.
How did you get started in golf?
I played a little bit while I was in college, but I never really played it [regularly] until I finished football. When I got into business and got out of football, that’s when I really started playing.
You played eight years (1961-68) in the old AFL as a punter and receiver, primarily with the Denver Broncos. What memory stands out most to you from your professional football career?
The greatest memories were running [fake punts] from punt formation. There was two times where I ran for touchdowns from punt formation, both times were against the San Diego Chargers. The first time against San Diego, they had set up a wall [of blockers] to return the punt, but what had happened was that [San Diego] had blocked my own team for me because they didn’t realize I hadn’t punted the ball. So I got inside of their wall [of blockers] and ran right up the sideline and avoided the return man—because he was the only one that realized it was a fake—for the touchdown.
What’s you’re greatest moment on the golf course?
I’ve had three holes-in-one, but the first one was real special. I was at Merced Country Club, a little short par-3 about 120 yards and I hit a nine-iron.
If you could change one rule of golf, what would it be and why?
The only thing that I would like to see is more penalties enforced for slow play. In our tournaments with the CSGA, and I’m sure is the case with most tournaments, [a big issue] is slow play.
Who comprises of your dream foursome and what course would you play at?
I would say Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Bubba Watson at Pebble Beach GL. I would really want to hear what Trevino has to say about Bubba’s game.
As a former Jersey Boy myself I had read about Bob’s athletic ability while at Rahway High, I believed he lettered in football, baskeball, and baseball. I got a chance to see him play 1960 when ND came to Philadelphia to play Navy. That year Navy had Joe Bellino who won the Heismann trophy. I saw Bob at one of the NY stadiums when he was with the Broncos. I have married into a ND family and was recently at the USC game which ND won and gave them at shot at the BCS championship game. Was wondering if Bob ever goes back to any of the ND games we try to make at least 1 a year. Our son and daughter-in-law are grads of the University.
Spring Hill FL
I am Bob’s nephew by marriage to his first wife, Louise Sauers. I was born in Denver, but grew up in Rahway. When I was around 6 or 7 years old he gave me a football from the Broncos training field that I have kept and cherished all of my life. Ever since, I have been a life long Broncos fan. It is my one true passion!
In my teenage years I was a bit of a “hippy” and Bob didn’t much care for me anymore. Yet I have continued to speak about him to others with great pride and fond childhood memories, often mentioning the world record punt that he kicked (I believe it was around 87 yards).
I now live in Washington State and three years ago I heard that the great Floyd Little owned a Ford dealership here in Federal Way. I arranged a meeting and we talked about his career and my uncle, who he called, “Scraps”. He also signed the football that Bob had given me.
I really miss my “uncle Bob”, and I hope that someday before too long I might have the chance to see or talk with him again.
I worked for Bob at Cellular Ine and I have to tell you I have NEVER had a better boss! He was so humble! I will never forget his kindness.
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